Reduce Your Overhead Cost, Anglicans Tell Jonathan


The third session of the first Synod of the Diocese of Kubwa, Anglican Communion, has called on government to reduce its overhead cost and initiate people-oriented programmes.

This is contained in a communique read by Rt. Rev. Duke Akamisoko, the Bishop of Kubwa Diocese, at the end the synod in Kubwa, Abuja on Sunday.

It stated that it was the belief of the Church that some of the challenges confronting the country could be tackled if the right things were done.

It advised government to put in place policies that would ensure improved productivity in the system.

The synod added that workers on their part, must justify their constant demands for increase in salaries.

The document stated: “The synod is worried about the high cost of running government in Nigeria because it is doubtlessly unnecessary and impedes development.

“We, therefore, urge government to reduce the cost of governance and channel the funds into infrastructure development.

“Workers must invest their time in productive ventures that will bear good fruits and justify their claims for upward review of wages.’’

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On the issue of Islamic banking, the Church wanted government to be wise in concluding the matter.

The communique urged government to consider the views of the various groups in the country “so as not to be seen to be taking sides.”

It, however, pointed out that the idea aof non-interest banking in itself was not bad but urged those in charge to pursue it dispassionately.

On the issue of national security, the synod said that the gains made in reducing the menace of kidnapping had been lost due to the spate of bombings in some parts of the country.

The synod, Akamisoko said, wanted government to evolve a more proactive measure to regain the confidence of Nigerians in its security agencies.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 350 delegates and officials from 11 archdeaconries of the Kubwa diocese participated at the synod.

The archdeaconries were represented by some of the laity and the clergy, including the bishop.

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